Thirty of our high school seniors participated in a Zoom call with Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. The school earned the opportunity for their students by winning an American Dairy Association North East contest created to help cafeterias serve more locally sourced, farm fresh foods like milk, cheese and yogurt and to educate students about where their food comes from.
Thomas spoke to students about the importance of nutrition, the role dairy plays in a healthy diet and how to stay active through Fuel Up to Play 60, a partnership between local dairy farmers and the National Football League.
“I think for student athletes, as much as you work on the field, you have to work just as hard off the field to be able to put the right things inside your body,” Thomas told the students.
In addition to the virtual visit with the NFL player, select students will also receive at-home physical activity equipment kits, Buffalo Bills merchandise and Fuel Up to Play 60 branded items.
Our district was selected from a pool of 45 districts in New York that entered American Dairy Association North East’s “NY Thursdays” promotion that ran from Oct. 6-Nov. 30. To enter the contest, students watched a brief video about New York dairy farmers.
The NY Thursdays program began in 2015 in New York City as a way to bring local products — including milk, cheese and yogurt — to school cafeterias every Thursday. Whitney Point was included in this program after it expanded to Upstate New York in 2017.
The Zoom call was covered by several local media outlets. Click the links below to view the area media coverage.